Six iconic animals from Alvin’s visits to seafloor vents
Many crab species live at hydrothermal vents, scavenging and eating other organisms. In 2005 scientists in Alvin discovered these big white crabs with long “fur” on their legs. They are called Kiwa hirsuta. But their nickname is “Yeti crab,” after the fictional “abominable snowman.” This image comes to us courtesy of The Institute Ifremer.
(Courtesy M. Segonzac (MNHN): facultative, Â© Ifremer/A. Fifis)